40 Years of Service and Charity Inspire the George Tomey HIP Retirees
|Left to right: Nabil Bukhalid, Nuhad Daghir,
George Tomey, Sa'dallah Shalak, and Andre Nahhas during Tomey's farewell
After having served the University for forty years, George Tomey recently
retired as vice president for Administration and has now taken the position
of deputy president. During the decades, his subordinates always enjoyed
a unique sense of security under his leadership. Whenever any kind of
help was needed, George Tomey would do whatever he could to provide it,
and AUB employees consistently spoke of the qualities of goodness that
marked his charitable spirit.
In looking for a way to honor George Tomey, a group of AUB employees decided
to establish the "George Tomey HIP Retirees Fund" to provide
assistance to retired AUB staff and faculty "who are unable to cover
their AUB HIP premiums and are at risk of losing their medical coverage."
Up to ninety retired AUB employees are expected to benefit from the fund
every year. A special feature of the fund lies in the fact that every
amount donated will be matched by a similar amount from the AUB administration.
Amal Hamade, director of Human Resources and one of the fund's committee
members, hopes enough contributions will be made to cover the first round
of donations by October 15, 2006.
"What is amazing is that even the minor employees are coming to donate
whatever they can afford. For them, even a thousand Lebanese liras is
enough to show support for the man who did so much to help them,"
Nabil Bukhalid, director of Computing and Networking Services, who is
also a committee member and a cofounder of the fund, spoke of the criteria
for selecting recipients of donations: "Those entitled to benefit
from the fund are AUB employees who retired after the civil war and lost
the value of their end of service indemnity due to the devaluation of
the Lebanese lira. But to be eligible for medical coverage, they are required
to pay their Health Insurance Plan (HIP) premium, and many of them had
to drop their HIPs because they could not afford to pay the premiums.
As a result, the organizing committee in coordination with the Office
of Development and the Human Resources is in process of setting the criteria
for selection and will accordingly decide on the recipients of the fund."
Bukhalid said that when the call for donations for the fund was first
made on September 28, ten donations were received the next day.
Other fund committee members include University Librarian Helen Bikhazi,
assistant to Vice President Sami Cortas, and Deputy Hospital Director
According to Amal Hamade, George Tomey has a long history of helping AUB
retirees unable to pay their HIP premiums. "People in the Human Resources
started helping those individuals on a personal basis in the 1990s
In the year 2000-01 Mr. Tomeh suggested we create a small fund to help
out those retirees, so we established a fund and asked people to contribute,
but that was not enough. When we began thinking of ways to honor Tomey,
I suggested reviving and standardizing the fund, and VP Tomeh wholeheartedly
welcomed this," said Hamade.
Those interested in donating to the fund can send their contributions
through payroll deduction by printing, filling out, and signing the payroll
deduction form, found at www.aub.edu.lb/development.tomey_fund/Form.doc
and sending it to the Office of Development, College Hall, Third Floor.
Contributions can also be made in cash or by check payable to "AUB-George
Tomey HIP Retirees Fund" to the Office of Development; or by contributing
on-line at https://tomey-fund.aub.edu.lb.